Position overview Position title: Cortez Lab: Research Specialist (Assistant Specialist rank) Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, REPRESENTED SPECIALIST SERIES FISCAL YEAR. 'Off-scale salaries', i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position at 50% time is $28,300 - $39,620. A reasonable estimate for this position at 70% time is $31,300 - $44,100.
Percent time: Variable, 50% - 70% time, based on the availability of work.
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
Open date: May 25, 2023
Next review date: Monday, Jun 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Assistant Professor Valerie Cortez in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research specialist in the Cortez Lab. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Cortez, the research specialist will contribute to a research program focused on enteric viruses and gut immunity by assisting in laboratory operations and research.
Duties will include ordering supplies; maintaining instruments; supporting cell culture and mouse colony maintenance, as well as planning and performing experiments and interpreting data;.\ and managing a chemical inventory and biosafety records. The selected candidate will be expected to stay up-to-date with the scientific literature and contribute to manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals as needed. The position will require the incumbent to employ excellent attention to detail and successfully work as a member of a diverse, interdisciplinary research team. The Cortez Lab is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable work environment and supporting career development.
Applicants with any of the following areas of expertise are strongly encouraged to apply: experience with cell and/or organoid culture and virus propagation; experience with animal husbandry; and/or laboratory management.
The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
B.S. or B.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, or a related field.
A minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate research experience using molecular and/or cellular biology techniques in a research or clinical laboratory. Techniques include: nucleic acid extraction and quantification, PCR/RT/PCR/qPCR, blot analysis, and cell culture.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
3-5 letters of reference required
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSCs confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm. Apply link:https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01508
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